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    Top 5 must do's in aruba

    The list of things to do and enjoy in Aruba seems overwhelming for a newbie like me. I'm there for 2 weeks but it still doesn't seem like enough time to do everything if I still want time for R and R. I plan on spending time on the beach, by the pool, shopping at some stores, possibly going on the Black Pearl if you guys think it's worth it, checking out some casinos, possible one of the bus tours (can't recall the names but you go place to place and drink?), doing a tour with Bully and I can't decide what else. Some of the things I may do are dependent on me finding a good babysitter for my baby.

    This got me thinking that if I could only do 5 things while I was there besides go to the beach or laze by the pool, what would they be?

    So I'd like to know your list of the top 5 things that are a can't miss while in Aruba besides the beach and pool?

    Thanks!

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    It really depends upon your specific interests and things you like to do.

    Things to Do

    Adventure, watersports, shopping, sightseeing, shopping, gambling, the list goes on and on...

    Looking for top ten

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/top%...ctivities.html




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    The helicopter tour sounds cool. I forgot about that. I think Lisa said her daughter was scared but they made her go to conquer her fear and she ended up loving it? I think that's what I read. I would love to do that but again, it depends on babysitter or if one of us decides not to go. I'm not sure how many can go at one time anyhow or how much it costs. I suppose like anything else, many different companies offer the tour and I need to figure out which one to go with? Which one was it you used again lisa?

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    Aruba Heli Tours
    There is only one company on the island offering the tour.
    Yes, our dd ended up loving it.
    They require a minimum of 2 passengers.
    Our party was 3 passengers plus the pilot.


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    1. Snorkeling, alone or as part of a tour (or even a resort course for diving)
    2. Watch a sunset from the beach ( I try to do this every night)
    3. Hike to the top of Hoiberg (no need to hit the gym after that)
    4. Natural Pool, preferably with a tour group (Natural beauty of that side of the island is breathtaking)
    5. Explore the island and meet a few people

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    i absolutely loved the beach/snorkel horseback ride i took with el paseo ranch. last year i did the ride with la pnderosa and that i loved also.

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    I have never been on a horse but it has always been a romantic notion of mine. Somehow in my daydreams I become the beautiful woman in the Bond film, Casino Royale, and I effortlessly gallop on a white stallion across the sandy beach....in reality, I'd probably fall off and break my arm. Do you have to have previous riding experience to do this in Aruba?

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    they are use to having beginners in their groups. the horses are very use to doing this with beginners. as long as you let them know up front that you are a beginner(they will ask) and tell them if you are nervous about it....they will match you with a babysitter horse and guide you through how to steer and stop the horse. it really is an amazing experience.....trotting thru the water...going in deeper and deeper until your feet are in the water......it is an experience of a lifetime. i went out with both ranches and i can safely recommend them to any beginners. the beach ride is with el paseo ranch and the coast/gold mine ride was with la ponderosa.

    give it a try next time....you will be amazed!

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    My first time was last year and I had a full schedule.

    Top 5 for me would be:

    ABC Tour of the Island (MUST ASK FOR ROCKY) - He goes above and beyond and the personality............not to be compared.

    Parasail

    Snorkel at De Palm Island

    Madaame Janette's Restaurant

    Sunrise at The California Lighthouse (preferably with a breakfast cocktail). You must also catch the sunset during the same day. The sun just melts into the ocean and don't look away because it take only a few minutes and its gone.

    Have a wonderful trip.

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    Hi SueBlk!

    Your Top 5 are pretty much EXACTLY what I want to do (with my husband) when we get to Aruba. 2 questions for ya:

    1. What part of the beach did you parasail at and where did you book it (and how much)?

    2. How do you take pictures of yourself whilst parasailing and snorkeling?


    Thanks a bunch!

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